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Winery Will Be RTC West’s First Tenant

by Karen Goff March 31, 2015 at 1:20 pm 4,126 10 Comments

Rendering of Cooper's Hawk/Credit: JBG

RTC West, the restaurant-and-retail complex that was just approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, has signed its first tenant.

Chicago-based Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant will be the anchor for 40,000 square feet of space at Sunset Hills Road and Town Center Parkway, the JBG Companies announced on Tuesday.

The supervisors last week approved JBG’s plans to reconfigure three office buildings close to the site of the future Reston Town Center Metro station, slated to open in late 2018 or early 2019. The retail plan will convert 15,000 square feet of office space into street-level retail and add 25,000 square feet of new retail on nearly 14 acres.

“This is our first step in repositioning RTC West from a suburban office park into a walkable and active neighborhood served by the Reston Town Center Metro,” Greg Trimmer, a JBG principal, said in a statement. “Our vision is to create a community environment with a strong focus on dining and service retail that will change a 9-to-5 location into a vibrant and social destination. Cooper’s Hawk will be a catalyst for this transformation, and we are very pleased to have them.”

Cooper’s Hawk will take over approximately 9,700 square feet, with an additional area for outdoor dining, JBG says.

Cooper’s Hawk launched in 2005 and offers modern, casual dining and 60 wines exclusive to the restaurant. There are 19 locations in eight states in the Midwest and South.

“We are excited to be expanding in the Washington-area market at RTC West,” said Tim McEnery, founder and CEO of Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant. “A decade in, Cooper’s Hawk is a unique concept that has enjoyed tremendous success through the quality of our food and wine, as well as our distinctive and relaxing environments.”

Cooper’s Hawk locations also feature private event space and a Napa-style tasting room with gift shop.

JBG said it expects to begin work on the new retail component late this summer and anticipates opening in mid-2017.

Rendering of Cooper’s Hawk at RTC West/Courtesy JBG

  • RestonResident

    Yet another chain………..

    • Southie

      Yep, it’s too bad that all the restaurants at the Town Center are chains. It would be nice to have a few independent places, but either the management isn’t interested or the rents are too high or both…

      • PreferLocal

        Passion Fish & Clydes are both regional players–not corporate chains.

        • NoName

          So it Jacksons…

    • Open Minded

      It is a lot more than “another chain”…. Why don’t you let them open and give them a shot before criticizing? Because something is successful and opens multiple locations does not mean it has lost it’s unique experience. Nearly 20 locations throughout the country yet it is still owned by a single man with a vision. Tell me your not intrigued.

  • Cindy

    That’s why I like Lake Anne. The businesses there are all local and it’s right across the street from RTC.

    • Reston Realist

      That’s a double-edged situation. The reason no chains are there is that Lake Anne attracts too few potential customers. The result is lower lease rates that local businesses can afford. And one of the many reasons for revamping Lake Anne is to make it more attractive to potential retail customers, which could easily mean the big chains will start sniffing around there, and that means rents will go up.

  • thebratwurstking

    Most if not all available units are going (mainly) to the highest bid. Almost no chance to get in there as a local small business, regardless your quality and/or uniqueness. Money talks…

  • Wings!

    The second tenant of RTC West should be a Hooters.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Never heard of Cooper’s Hawk. Not at all interested in a wine-focused place myself, but plenty of folks in this area are. Checked one of the menus (GF) – some tasty-sounding items on there, although I question how casual they are with those prices.


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